Vegetable gardens that make efficient use of growing space are much easier to care for, even if you can only squeeze a few containers on the patio or a 50-by-100-foot plot in the garden. Raised beds are also a good choice for beginners because they make the patch more manageable.
It’s important to find the right space to create your vegetable plot as this will vastly impact your growing results. No crops will grow well under a tree or in a dark shade, and most prefer sun, but some veg can prefer dappled shade.
For the best growing results, choose an area that’s level and sheltered from the worst of the wind and bad weather.
2. Design Your Plot
If you want an organic vegetable patch, you’ll need to clear the grass, then carefully dig it over, meticulously making sure you’ve got rid of any roots of the nightmare invasive perennial weeds such as Japanese knotweed, bindweed or ground elder.
You can also use chemicals to deal with the weeds more effectively for a non-organic gardening route. Instead of digging up the entire garden, you should start small and dig up a small area. Cover any unused areas with black mulch to keep weeds under control.
4. Get the Soil Right
This is the most efficient way to use space in the garden. If you have a small garden, grow crops on vertical supports. Even gardeners who have a lot of space will still need to lend physical support to some of their vegetables. Cucumbers, tomatoes, peas and pole beans are commonly trellised vegetables.
The fence in your garden will work fine as a trellis. Or, you can construct your own vegetable supports from either wood or metal. It’s important to put your trellis up and place well before the plants require its support, preferably before you plant the crop.